Environmentally Friendly Roofing Options
As a homeowner in the Pacific Northwest we understand that it’s likely important for you to learn more about the many environmentally friendly roofing options. Your needs and wants will determine which is the best option, but here are a few options that work well in our climate.
Known for their durability and versatility, wood shingles are a good option. This material is considered ecofriendly because of its recyclability, as all the wood material can be recycled once it’s removed.
The life span of a wood roof is around 20-25 years. And these roofs do require routine maintenance to ensure they stay free of mold and mildew.
Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular and have several benefits that make them environmentally friendly. The first is their longevity, with a life span of 50+ years, this is likely the only new roof you will have to install on your home.
Metal roofs also offer reflective properties. Unlike asphalt shingles, a metal roof is designed to reflect sunlight, which works to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in winter.
The one drawback to these roofs is their initial upfront cost, which can be cost prohibitive for some budgets.
Solar roofing is also gaining in popularity as it becomes more affordable. Solar roofing includes a couple of options. The first is traditional solar panels that are installed directly on your roof.
Another option are solar tiles, which are just like shingles that make up your roof. These are more expansive but are a great option.
The world of solar energy can get quite technical. Check out this article from Solar World if you’d like to learn more.
One drawback in our part of the country are our gray skies. You do need to make sure your roof gets adequate sunlight for you to receive all the benefit.
Green or Living Roofs
Green and living roofs are one of the best ways to make your roof eco-friendly. But it can be costly, and it does take time to set up and maintain. These roofs are designed to require less maintenance – they are not maintenance free.
But with a lifespan of 30-50 years, and the added benefits of improved insulation, a green roof could be the right option for you.
If you’re wanting to make your roof more environmentally friendly, give us a call. We can help you make the right decision for your home.